On March 24-25, 2021, the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), Carleton University, will be hosting the virtual EURUS Graduate Research Conference. As part of the Faculty of Public Affairs Research Series, the conference aims to highlight the decade of turmoil and challenges endured by Europe and Russia in a global context. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Europe and Russia: Regional Approaches, Global Perspectives.” Reflecting on the interdisciplinary roots of the EURUS program, we encourage applicants to submit proposals that reflect on the region from a myriad of perspectives, including their historical roots.
The keynote speaker is Alison Grant, Director of Eastern Europe and Eurasia at Global Affairs Canada. Grant joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1999. From 2000 to 2003, she served in the political section of the Canadian Embassy to the Russian Federation in Moscow and from 2004-2006 at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, where she covered Security Council affairs. In Ottawa, Alison held positions in the North American defence and security relations and landmines divisions and was deputy director for Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2012, she was appointed Chief of Staff to the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2015-2018 Alison served abroad as Minister-Counsellor and Head of the Political Section at the Canadian Embassy to Brazil. In 2018, she was appointed Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Topics highlighted in the conference will include unprecedented national and regional challenges including but not limited to distanced states and societies and Europe’s and Russia’s place in the world. The EURUS conference strives to be an interdisciplinary forum where scholars from different fields can come together and share their scholarship. Accordingly, we gladly support applications from areas such as international affairs, history, migration and memory studies, IPE, political science, sociology, anthropology, women and gender studies, and cultural studies.
The EURUS Conference is an invaluable conference experience for students, providing a collegial environment in which to present their original research and build academic contacts. Our dynamic graduate students and faculty are excited to welcome you and share with you their research in the field of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies.